(Posted Aug. 30, 2021)
The 30th annual Ox Roast Bicycle Tour is back for 2021. Due to popular demand, a third route has been added to accommodate century riders (100 miles). The Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails will sponsor the ride in cooperation with the West Jefferson Community Association on Sept. 6.
The Ox Roast Bicycle Tour was first organized in 1990 by Jared Miller as an Eagle Scout project. The Miller family continued to run the tour for 16 years, and it has grown into one of the most popular and well-organized tours in Ohio.
The tour now consists of three route options: 33 miles, 66 miles and 100 miles. All routes kick off between 6:30 and 9 a.m. near Garrette Park on Frey Avenue/Cemetery Road in West Jefferson. The routes wind through Madison County and extreme western Franklin County and feature flat to gently rolling terrain.
All Ox Roast Bicycle Tour routes start near the tour check-in table at the south end of the festival near the community building in Garrette Park. They then follow their respective route colors. All routes end at this same point where riders can leave their bikes at the free bike corral while they enjoy the festival. All participants receive a voucher for a free Ox Roast sandwich (an $8 value), included with the tour registration. Bikes will be guarded until 4 p.m.
The registration fee includes detailed tour maps, identification wrist band (which must be displayed at all times), support services, food stops, and an FMCPT membership through 2021. Food items provided at rest stops include waffles, peanut butter, granola bars, fresh fruit, water and sports drinks. All registrants receive access to a rider-only discount for official tour t-shirts.
Early registration is $45. The cost increases to $60 after 8 p.m. Aug. 30.
Visit www.fmcpt.com for details.